Chennai: Over 350 people were arrested and security has been heightened up near M A Chidambaram stadium, as pro-Tamil activists took to streets on Tuesday to protest against the CSK vs KKR match to be held in Chennai on Tuesday.
The protesters are calling for a boycott of the event over the Centre’s inaction in setting up a Cauvery Management Board. Over 4,000 police personnel including commandos and members of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) have been deployed to stop the agitators from entering the stadium.
The protesters, raising slogans against the state and central government, temporarily took over the main Anna Salai road near the stadium. Police also resorted to lathicharge to control the activists marching against the match. Veteran director Bhartiraja and Seeman also joined the protest.
Meanwhile, IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla met Union Home Secretary Rajeev Gauba over the security regarding matches in Chennai. Gauba assured him that appropriate arrangements have been made.
Several groups have staged protests over the Cauvery issue last week, including the ruling AIADMK government and Opposition DMK. Members of Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) tried to picket the stadium today, but were stopped by the police. TVK workers protested outside the stadium ahead of the CSK vs KKR match at 8 pm, carry balloons stating, “We do not want IPL, we want Cauvery Management Board.”